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By Leslie Daigle | September 24, 2010
Dear mayor and City Council colleagues: I believe that when it is built, the new City Hall in Newport Center will be a source of community pride and enjoyment. I also believe it will be designed to make it more pleasant and efficient to conduct city business in a location designated by city voters. A case can be made that building it now — in an economic downturn — makes sense for two reasons: The cost of borrowing money is comparatively cheap, and our slowed economy means we can secure architectural, design and construction services at very competitive prices.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 10, 2013
Capping a raucous eight-hour-plus meeting, the Irvine City Council early Wednesday voted to overhaul the oversight and spending on the beleaguered Orange County Great Park while authorizing an audit of the more than $220 million that so far has been spent on the ambitious project. A newly elected City Council majority voted 3 to 2 to terminate contracts with two firms that had been paid a combined $1.1 million a year for consulting, lobbying, marketing and public relations. One of those firms - Forde & Mollrich public relations - has been paid $12.4 million since county voters approved the Great Park plan in 2002.
NEWS
November 3, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — Parents at a recent Corona Del Mar High School PTA meeting expressed concern that Newport-Mesa Unified schools will be open Jan. 2, a federal holiday. Addressing Supt. Jeffrey Hubbard at a meeting in the school library Wednesday, parents asked Hubbard whether their children should attend school. They were concerned teachers may see low attendance, play movies or use the day for a surprise quiz. Hubbard told parents the district plans the school calendar about three years in advance and that the holiday was an oversight.
NEWS
January 31, 2001
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- At long last, the committee that will oversee the district's spending of $163 million to fix Newport-Mesa schools will meet tonight. Although the group still lacks two members from the Corona del Mar area -- who were to be installed before the first meeting -- the committee will meet as is, said Mike Fine, the district's assistant superintendent of business services. The group's first order of business will be to appoint two senior citizen and four at-large representatives, he added.
NEWS
April 13, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- While the school board was approving the final plan for a citizens oversight committee Tuesday night, letters seeking candidates for the group were already in the mail. The letters, headed to nearly 3,500 homes in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, briefly explain Measure A, the proposed $110-million school bond, and the purpose of the committee that will oversee the spending of the funds. If voters pass Measure A on June 6, the district plans to have the committee ready to go. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District's Board of Education established the purpose, criteria, composition and operations of a two-tiered oversight system.
NEWS
September 14, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- Although the deadline passed and has been extended, no one from the Latino business community has applied for the committee to oversee the spending of $163 million to fix the district's aging schools. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education developed a specific list of areas that are to be represented for this 31-member, districtwide oversight committee. Smaller 11-member school site-based committees will be formed later.
FEATURES
July 23, 2006
It's too early to say for certain, but voters may have seen a chink in the Greenlight armor in the past week. If nothing else, they certainly have seen the problem with ballot-box planning. Earlier this month, it became clear that because of an "oversight" ? as the slow-growth movement's spokesman described it ? the proposed new law, which will be on the November ballot in Newport Beach, would affect single- and two-family homes. About 65% of such homes in the city could end up needing to go to the ballot for a simple expansion because Greenlight II would require a vote for any development that adds 100 homes, 100 peak-hour car trips or 40,000 square feet of building space to what is allowed in the general plan.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 30, 2014
A bill that would require drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes to report residents' deaths passed the California's Assembly Health Committee last week. Assembly Bill 2374, introduced by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, (R-Costa Mesa), would order the residential treatment centers to call in any resident's death within one working day and follow up with details in a written report to the state Department of Health Care Services. The reports would be required regardless of the cause of death or whether the death occurred at the rehabilitation home.
NEWS
March 29, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA -- Months before voters have even decided on Measure A, the school board formed a committee Tuesday night to oversee spending of the proposed $110-million bond. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education established the purpose, criteria, composition and operations of a two-tiered oversight system. There will be a districtwide citizens oversight committee, with 29 members, plus committees of seven to 11 members at each school.
NEWS
May 24, 2007
Frustrated with the never-ending stream of trash that turns up on Orange County beaches, a group of Newport Harbor High School students is asking for a citywide ban on Styrofoam in stores and restaurants. Students in teacher Scott Morlan's surf and environment class in 2004 successfully lobbied for a beach smoking ban. On Tuesday they came back for round 2, suggesting the City Council say no to polystyrene products. "It is a problem that is commonly overlooked and underestimated," student Alexander Gonzalez said.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 30, 2014
A bill that would require drug and alcohol rehabilitation homes to report residents' deaths passed the California's Assembly Health Committee last week. Assembly Bill 2374, introduced by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, (R-Costa Mesa), would order the residential treatment centers to call in any resident's death within one working day and follow up with details in a written report to the state Department of Health Care Services. The reports would be required regardless of the cause of death or whether the death occurred at the rehabilitation home.
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NEWS
By the Costa Mesa Pension Oversight Committee | April 14, 2014
Editor's n ote: Attorneys John Stephens and Tim Sesler, two members of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee, asked the Daily Pilot to publish the panel's findings and recommendations. The committee put together a series of three articles, titled "Fast Facts," that seek to explain and simplify the complex subject matter to residents. This is the first installment. Part 2 will appear Thursday. Throughout the nation, the subject of "unfunded public pension liabilities" has captivated headlines serving as vivid illustrations of how they place city finances in peril.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
It is pretty amazing that people buy houses in an internationally recognized vacation spot and then don't like tourists. I remember when the residents above Big Corona wanted to stop tourists from parking on the streets. You folks live in a fabulous place, but the beach and access belongs to us all — not just you because you can afford to be there full-time. Why is the smoke suddenly so bad? How long have those rings been there? They are not used all year, just a few months.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | April 10, 2013
A portion of Costa Mesa's federal funding that's annually awarded to nonprofit agencies was up for discussion during a City Council's study session Tuesday. Though what to do in the coming fiscal year with the public service grants within the city's to-be-determined Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, allocation came not without considerable debate. CDBG, a long-standing program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, last fiscal year bolstered city coffers by nearly $1.05 million, about $157,000 of which was doled out to local nonprofits that aid the city's youth, seniors, homeless, disabled and low-income residents.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 8, 2013
The Newport Beach City Council will likely make it official during its meeting Tuesday night: Councilman Tony Petros will head up a revamped version of the Citizen's Bicycle Safety Committee. The council is expected to vote on the establishment of a Bicycle Master Plan Oversight Committee to pick up where the bike safety committee left off when its term ended in January. The new group will work to develop a more comprehensive approach to bicycle safety throughout the city. According to a staff report, its mission will be to "propose improvements and enhancements to the existing bicycle infrastructure and network, prepare a sustainable education and outreach plan, propose outside funding sources and prioritize projects...
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | February 21, 2013
The Costa Mesa City Council approved the creation of a committee earlier this week tasked with overseeing the city's looming pension obligations. The unanimous decision, with Councilwoman Wendy Leece absent, came not without its doubts, however, on a topic that has become central within the city's political dialogue in recent years. The Pension Oversight Committee, suggested by Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger — whose campaign last November included pension reform — will have nine at-large commissioners who will publicly discuss the city's unfunded pension and medical liabilities.
NEWS
By Jim Fitzpatrick | January 23, 2013
The Costa Mesa Sanitary District has not executed a competitive trash contract bid since World War II. The elected Sanitary District's board oversees about 13 employees and one trash contract. The board meets Thursday, and one item on the agenda will be the "General Manager Annual Performance. " For almost two years, the board will not formally evaluate the trash contract. No bids, and in the face of this heightened dialogue about the topic of no-bid contracts, no rigorous evaluation of the existing contract.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 10, 2013
Capping a raucous eight-hour-plus meeting, the Irvine City Council early Wednesday voted to overhaul the oversight and spending on the beleaguered Orange County Great Park while authorizing an audit of the more than $220 million that so far has been spent on the ambitious project. A newly elected City Council majority voted 3 to 2 to terminate contracts with two firms that had been paid a combined $1.1 million a year for consulting, lobbying, marketing and public relations. One of those firms - Forde & Mollrich public relations - has been paid $12.4 million since county voters approved the Great Park plan in 2002.
NEWS
December 18, 2012
Heaton, Curtis Wert January 16, 1927- December 10, 2012 It is with great sadness that the Heaton family announces Curt's passing. Born in Columbus, Ohio he was the youngest (with sisters Betsy McKee, Tossy Jeffries, Marcy Masoner) of four and the only son.  Curt served in the US Army from 1945-47.  Using his construction skills he led a unit as a Master Sergeant in the Engineering Corp. rebuilding bridges in post-war Germany. Upon his return Stateside, he attended Purdue University where he played defensive tackle on the Boilermaker Football team.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | August 3, 2012
Ahoy! In my last two columns, I commented about how the California Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) is trying to grab the California Department of Boating and Waterways' (Cal Boating) dedicated funds. Last week, I mentioned that Parks has been hiding $54 million in special funds' accumulating for more than 12 years. However, these hidden special funds appear to be the tip of the iceberg. New reports are estimating that the state may have at least an additional $2.3 billion hidden in special funds.
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